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How to Create Magento Layered Navigation Filters and Simplify Site Search

Customers, browsing your online catalog, are likely to leave it, if they can’t easily find items they are looking for. Whenever your store is abundant in categories and products, it might be time-consuming process to access desired merchandise instantly.

Being a store owner, you should always keep one step ahead to respond to customers’ needs and ensure positive shopping experience. This can easily be fulfilled via Magento layered navigation, as one of the most convenient search tools.

magento layered navigation filters

What is Magento Layered Navigation?

Magento layered navigation is a facility that allows to configure product filters on storefront and makes product search more flexible. It displays at category page and when customer clicks on certain criterion, items matching this criterion within certain category will instantly display in results.

You can add filters by product categories, price range and any Magento attribute in layered navigation.

Setting Up Layered Navigation Filters

1. General Settings

  1. Navigate to System->Configuration->Catalog section in the Admin panel.
  2. Expand Layered Navigation menu and specify the following:
    • Display product count - this option allows to display number of products beside each filter option, so that customers will see how many items exist for each attribute, available in the layered navigation.
    • Price Navigation Step Calculation - this option lets classify the products by price in the navigation. There are three options - Automatic (equalize price ranges), Automatic (equalize product count), Manual. The first two methods allow to calculate ranges automatically, when manual method requires you to set price intervals.

magento layered navigation settings in admin

2. Category Settings

Layered Navigation in Magento depends on category settings. First you have to make the category anchor. Anchor category incorporates products that are assigned to it and all the subcategories. To make the category anchor, proceed with the following actions:

  1. Navigate to Catalog->Manage Categories in the admin panel.
  2. Select the category, Magento layered navigation filters should be available within.
  3. Open category in edit mode.
  4. Switch to Display Settings tab, and set ‘Is Anchor’ option to ‘Yes’.
  5. Save category updates.

magento layered navigation settings in admin

3. Attribute Settings

In order to display attributes in Magento layered navigation you have to configure their properties as it is outlined below.


Attributes of input type ‘Dropdown’, ‘Multiselect’, ‘Price’ can be used in layered navigation for product filtering
  1. Use in Layered Navigation - select ‘Filterable (with results)’ or ‘Filterable (no results)’ in this dropdown.
  2. Use in Search Result Layered Navigation - choose ‘Yes’ in this dropdown.

magento attribute in layered navigation settings


If you have included some attribute in layered navigation and marked it as ‘Filterable (with results)’ but no product in the category has its value assigned, the attribute and assigned value will not display in the layered navigation at all.

If you have marked the attribute as ‘Filterable (no results)’, its values will display in the layered navigation with 0 result even if no product has these values assigned.

If you need to bulk assign attribute values to products and display these Magento attributes in layered navigation you can easily fulfill this task with Store Manager for Magento -

Magento layered navigation simplifies user browsing and saves time on product search. If your site keeps immense number of products, creating easy navigation filters is a must-have.

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